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Principal of the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St. Ann, Leslie Riley, is assuring parents that their children will be properly monitored at the institution's Ocho Rios campus.

He was speaking at a function at the school's St. Ann's Bay location on Friday (Aug. 17), to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey.

The Ocho Rios campus, located at Mansfied Heights, will accommodate grades seven and eight students, as Marcus Garvey Technical embarks on a single shift system in September.

Mr. Riley said the move is a “big development” and will improve student achievement. He explained that the Ocho Rios campus will house students for at least two years, which will “give us the opportunity to reduce the population at the school overtime".

"The parents, who are having fears at this time that the Mansfield Heights campus is going to pose significant challenges, you need not fear. We are going to do everything in our powers to ensure that the students are properly adjusted and supervised and monitored," the Principal said.

He also stated that the school is being rebranded to give more focus to its technical aspect, and dedicating more hours to teaching. "We are going to be accentuating the technical mandate of the school…we want the parents, and all the stakeholders to understand that these changes are designed for the improvement of the delivery of the education programme," Mr. Riley stated.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education,  Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, encouraged the students to “do justice” to the National Hero in whose memory the school is named, by excelling in English, Science and Mathematics.

He said Marcus Garvey knew the importance of reaching an international audience by speaking the English Language.

"I long for the day when we are first in the 'Olympics' of Mathematics and Science. We challenge the students…Marcus Garvey High must become a school of excellence, otherwise we will do no justice to its name," he stated.